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Karen de Sá and Nadra Nittle

Karen de Sá and Nadra Nittle

Since 1994, Karen de Sá has worked for numerous newspapers in California, including 18 years at The San Jose Mercury News and three years at The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have exposed inhumane conditions in juvenile halls, group homes and youth prisons, and detailed systemic injustice in the dependency courts. Recent projects exposed hundreds of questionable youth arrests in California children’s shelters and the excessive use of psychotropics in the foster care system. A 2006 Knight Fellow at Stanford University and finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, de Sá has won numerous journalism honors over her career, including the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards and the NewsGuild’s Heywood Broun Award. Her work has led to nine state laws, overhauled institutions and improved public contracts with the nation’s most vulnerable populations.

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Nadra Nittle is a Los Angeles-based journalist covering young children and early childhood education for The Imprint. Nittle has written about a wide range of issues, including health, education, consumerism, entertainment and public policy. Nittle’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, NBC News, The Atlantic, Business Insider and other outlets. Nittle has more than 15 years of journalism experience, serving as a staff writer for news organizations including The Gannett/USA Today Network, Digital First Media and Vox Media. She is now a senior reporter for Civil Eats. She has two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Occidental College.